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The proposed abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission is dominating Anthony Albanese’s first Question Time as Prime Minister, and so far the new Parliament is not living up to expectations of civility that he promised

The Prime Minister was asked about the prosecution of the CFMMEU official for allegedly pushing a woman in a workplace.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday July 27, 2022 Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

Albanese replied, “I’ve never met this guy, I’ve never heard of him.”

He said that “if someone commits a crime, they should be charged with a crime.”

Albanese accused the ABCC of wasting taxpayers’ money to enforce bans on union posters and women’s toilets in workplaces. He also took a turn at the opposition to ask.

“The ABCC spent more than $500,000 of taxpayers’ money enforcing a blanket ban on putting up union logo stickers and posters in workplaces,” he told parliament.

“The Federal Court said this about the ABCC or its prosecutions, calling them unnecessarily inflammatory and carried out as a blood sport.

“Politics should be better than this, but I’m not surprised the opposition isn’t.”

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